Law Seminars International Presents

An Important Conference Addressing the Latest Developments in

Air Quality Regulation

Climate Change and Air Regulation, New Air Standards, NESHAP Compliance and Air Permitting

November 15 & 16, 2007
The University of Chicago Gleacher Center in Chicago, IL
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Who Should Attend

Air quality professionals, including attorneys, regulators, business executives, engineers and compliance managers who are interested in cutting-edge topics of air quality regulation

Why Attend

Air quality regulatory issues are at the center of a number of efforts by various stakeholders in the Midwest, including government, private industry and the public. Highlights of this conference will be panels of experts discussing new developments in greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, the implemention of Illinois' new energy plan, and the impacts that air quality concerns will have on development projects in the Midwest. Speakers will include experts from government agencies, leading law firms, industry and non-governmental organizations. This program will provide air quality attorneys and professionals, and those wishing to learn more about air quality in the Midwest, with the latest information on the ever-changing legal and policy framework for air quality. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Renee Cipriano, Esq. and John W. Watson, Esq.

What You Will Learn

* Implementation of new air standards * New developments in greenhouse gas emissions and climate change * Illinois' new energy plan: NESHAP compliance and enforcement * Challenges and realities for companies operating in the Midwest * Recent developments impacting air permitting in the Midwest * Dealing with increased public participation and challenges in project development/expansion * Hot topics roundtable with panelists


Thursday, November 15, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Renee Cipriano, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Schiff Hardin LLP / Chicago, IL
  John W. Watson, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Baker & McKenzie LLP / Chicago, IL
8:45 am Implementation of New Air Standards
  Strategies and attainment issues; regulatory proposal to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides from stationary sources; using wind resources to meet standards; agricultural concerns; RES benefits and enacting its policies
  Laurel L. Kroack, Esq., Chief, Bureau of Air
Illinois EPA / Springfield, IL
  Multi-pollutant, multi-state air quality planning: What the states are doing to attain air quality standards for ozone and fine particles, and to meet reasonable progress goals for regional haze
  Michael Koerber, Executive Director
Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium / Des Plaines, IL
10:15 am Break
10:30 am New Developments in Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change: The Legal, Policy and Market Landscape
  Managing risks and opportunities presented in a new carbon constrained era; market-based policy solutions, such as cap-and-trade for major financial institutions; collaborative strategies; innovative thinking concerning efficiency; update on national RES
  Richard M. Saines, Esq.
Baker & McKenzie LLP / Chicago, IL
  Illinois' new energy plan
  Steve Frenkel, Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of Governor Rod Blagojevich / Chicago, IL
  Chicago Climate Exchange perspective
  Michael J. Walsh, Ph.D., Executive Vice President
Chicago Climate Exchange, Inc. / Chicago, IL
  Industry perspective
  Ralph Loomis, Esq., Vice President and Special Assistant to the Chairman and CEO
Exelon Corporation / Chicago, IL
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm NESHAP Compliance and Enforcement
  Implementation strategies and challenges Legal perspective
  Steven J. Murawski, Esq.
Baker & McKenzie LLP / Chicago, IL
  Federal update
  Cheryl L. Newton, Deputy Director, Air and Radiation District
USEPA Region 5 / Chicago, IL
  Industry perspective
  David Selig, Director of Environmental Health & Safety
Brunswick Corporation / Lake Forest, IL
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Challenges and Realities for Companies Operating in the Midwest
  Enforcement approaches, goals and priorities; economic considerations for companies facing enforcement, including funding of corrective action, penalties and economic benefit, and environmentally beneficial projects
  Rebecca A. Burlingham, Esq., Supervising Attorney Environmental Bureau
Attorney General Lisa Madigan's Office / Chicago, IL
  Trends in enforcement policy related to transfer of ownership of existing sources; potential enforcement against prior owners; strategies for new plant owners; USEPA's consideration of a new policy tailored to new owners
  Francis X. Lyons, Esq.
Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP / Chicago, IL
5:00 pm Reception for Attendees and Faculty Sponsored by Baker & McKenzie LLP and Schiff Hardin LLP

Friday, November 16, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Recent Developments Impacting Air Permitting in the Midwest
  Recent court decisions and regulations; endangered species review; environmental justice; developments in the Title V Program; perspectives on the Massachusetts v EPA Supreme Court Decision Legal perspective
  Stephen J. Bonebrake, Esq.
Schiff Hardin LLP / Chicago, IL
  Bill S. Forcade, Esq.
Jenner & Block LLP / Chicago, IL
  Consultant perspective
  David J. Kolaz, Senior Engineer
Conestoga-Rovers & Associates / Athens, IL
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Practical Tips for Dealing with Increased Public Participation and Challenges in Project Development/Expansion
  Public involvement in project development is more prevalent and organized. How can industry best deal with increased challenges and public involvement? Ways to manage and minimize the effects of requirements that go beyond regulations Legal perspective
  Renee Cipriano, Esq.
Schiff Hardin LLP / Chicago, IL
  Consultant perspective
  Richard Trzupek, Principal Consultant
Mostardi Platt Environmental / Oak Brook, IL
12:00 pm Hot Topics Roundtable with Panelists: An Interactive Session
  The growing concern over toxic particulate emissions from mobile sources; diesel; alternative fuels and approaches; movement of goods through road and rail; how can states play a greater role in addressing global warming; implications of new energy plan
  John W. Watson, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Baker & McKenzie LLP / Chicago, IL
  Rebecca A. Burlingham, Esq., Supervising Attorney, Environmental Bureau
Attorney General Lisa Madigan's Office / Chicago, IL
  Renee Cipriano, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Schiff Hardin LLP / Chicago, IL
  Bill S. Forcade, Esq.
Jenner & Block LLP / Chicago, IL
  Francis X. Lyons, Esq.
Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP / Chicago, IL
  Steven J. Murawski, Esq.
Baker & McKenzie LLP / Chicago, IL
  Richard Trzupek, Principal Consultant
Mostardi Platt Environmental / Oak Brook, IL


Regular tuition for this program is $895 with a group rate of $795 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $695. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $447.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9, 2007. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a Homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 11.25 IL CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the The Gleacher Center at 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive in Chicago, IL 60611. Check The Gleacher Center website, Area Attractions, for a list of area hotels at
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $905. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Renee Cipriano, Program Co-Chair, partner at Schiff Hardin LLP, focuses on providing environmental strategic planning and counseling with an emphasis on government relations and public law and policy. Previously, she was the Director of the Illinois EPA, Senior Advisor to the Governor, and Illinois Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Bureau.

John W. Watson, Program Co-Chair, partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP, chairs the North American Environmental Practice Group. He advises companies on the management of environmental risks and liabilities associated with their industrial and manufacturing operations. He is a "Leading Lawyer" and "Super Lawyer."

Stephen J. Bonebrake, partner at Schiff Hardin LLP, focuses on environmental litigation, adjudication and rulemaking, such as Clean Air Act enforcement matters.

Rebecca A. Burlingham is a Supervising Attorney in the Environmental Bureau of Attorney General Lisa Madigan's Office. She has handled civil enforcement actions involving air, water, and land pollution, hazardous waste and leaking underground storage tank violations.

Bill S. Forcade, partner at Jenner & Block LLP, is a member of the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law, Climate and Clean Technology Law, Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition, Defense & Aerospace, and Association Practices. He is listed in "Super Lawyers."

Steve Frenkel, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Governor Rod Blagojevich, directs the energy and environmental policy, and oversees the Illinois EPA, Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Finance Authority. He has developed initiatives to boost energy independence and address climate change, including efforts to promote renewable energy, coal gasification, biofuels efficiency and to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Michael Koerber is the Executive Director for the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (LADCO), which works with llinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio to develop implementation plans for ozone, particle matter, and regional haze, and assists eight Midwestern states' participation in The Climate Registry, a national registry for greenhouse gas emissions.

David J. Kolaz is a Senior Engineer at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, concentrating on air pollution control. Previously, he was Chief of the Bureau of Air for the Illinois EPA, responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of the statewide air pollution control program designed to meet state and federal clean air laws.

Laurel L. Kroack, is Chief, Bureau of Air, at the Illinois EPA, administering all programs, including the Division of Mobile Source Programs. Peviously, she was Division Manager for Air Pollution Control, responsible for air quality planning, compliance and enforcement, air monitoring, permitting and inspections.

Ralph Loomis, Vice President and Special Assistant to the Chairman and CEO at Exelon Corporation, is the Chairman's liaison on regulatory, financial and general business matters.

Francis X. Lyons, partner at Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP, practices in the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources group. He was formerly Regional Administrator, USEPA, Region V, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section, and an Assistant Illinois Attorney General, Environmental Bureau.

Steven J. Murawski, partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP, advises companies on the environmental risks and liabilities of their commercial, industrial and manufacturing operations, corporate and real estate transactions, government enforcement, and litigation matters. He has experience in complex Clean Air Act and RCRA permitting, compliance and enforcement issues.

Cheryl L. Newton, Deputy Director, Air and Radiation District, at the USEPA Region 5, provides special project leadership in permit programs and environmental protection. She has worked on mobile source and permitting programs, and served two details as Acting Division Director.

Richard M. Saines, partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP, heads the Global Climate Change and Emissions Trading Practice Group. He advises renewable energy clients on local siting and regulatory matters and advises chemical, oil and gas, and power sector clients on complex compliance matters and litigation under the Clean Air Act, RCRA, Clean Water Act and CERCLA.

David Selig is Director of Environmental Health & Safety at Brunswick Corporation.

Richard Trzupek, Principal Consultant at Mostardi Platt Environmental, focuses his experience in the field of air pollution measurement, consulting, and permitting. He has designed and managed a variety of air pollution measurement projects at facilities across the U.S.

Michael J. Walsh is an Executive Vice President of Chicago Climate Exchange, Inc., a self-regulatory exchange that administers a voluntary, legally binding greenhouse gas reduction and trading program. Previously, at Environmental Financial Products LLC, he arranged international carbon credit transactions and developed rules for efficient international carbon trading.